Whoever you are rooting for in this year’s postseason, there is one thing that I think most of us would agree on: The more baseball the better. In that way, both of these series are delivering. The Astros have come all the way back to force a Game Seven after falling behind 3-0. On the other side, the Dodgers came back from being down 2-0 to so far force a Game Six, and with a win tonight they will also take the series to the distance.
For this week’s SB Nation Reacts fan polls, we are focusing on these playoffs, both in terms of who you are rooting for along with what you think of the scheduling for this postseason.
Who are you rooting for?
This isn’t a major surprise, though if you know me at all you know it wouldn’t be my choice. The Rays have never won a World Series (though they are only third in terms of longest wait since they just came to being in 1998), they are a perceived underdog given their low payroll, and they’re playing the most hated baseball team I can remember. I really wish we would stop looking at low payrolls as something to be happy about, but even more than that I just remember those Rays teams led by Joe Maddon and will never, ever root for them. (Although I’d be perfectly fine with them beating the Astros and losing in the World Series.)
Personally, I’m rooting for the Braves. That’s largely because they were always my second favorite team growing up and also because Ronald Acuña is quickly becoming my favorite non-Red Sox player. I like the Dodgers too, though.
Like the schedule?
I don’t really know how to parse the word “fair” here. I mean, it’s not normal and I guess I get it being unfair in the sense that teams build for the postseason with the idea that they can lean on their top pitchers. That said, everyone’s playing under the same rules so “unfair” kind of sounds like whining. Personally, I like this format better, but with the travel required in the postseason it’s not really feasible in normal years. But in terms of fairness? Don’t whine.